Following the surrendering of arms and embracing of peace by Avenger militants fighting in the oil producing areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta, the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, in his desire to ensure sustainable peace in the areas and also sustain the momentum of progress in the state, has inaugurated the Amnesty Committee, and two others, including the committee on the Review of the Activities and Infrastructural Development of state owned Higher Institutions, and the Technical committee for the take-off of the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, Imo State. The committee members have also been briefed by the governor on their terms of reference.
The Governor in demonstration of the importance of the Amnesty Committee, the Governor appointed the first lady of the state, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha as chairman, while the Transition Committee chairmen of the oil producing local government areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta, the Assembly members from the two state constituencies, the managing director of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Niger Delta, are members.
In the terms of reference to the Amnesty Committee, the governor charged them to come up with programmes and ideas that would ensure the sustenance of the peace recently restored in the oil producing areas of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta following the positive response of the militants fighting in the areas to the governor’s call on them to drop their guns and embrace peace.
The governor equally asked the committee to address all the issues the repented militants had raised when they surrendered, and that with the revelations from the changed militants, it was discovered that the oil companies operating in the areas have been igniting some of these troubles for their own selfish reasons.